Political instability in Slovakia following assassination of journalist

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Series Details March 2018
Publication Date 18/04/2018
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Reports on the political instability registered in Slovakia in March 2018, following the assassination of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak.

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Robert Fico announced his resignation as Slovakia's Prime Minister on 14 March 2018, in an attempt to tame growing calls for an early election as a result of the murder of Mr Kuciak and his fiancée - an event which shocked the Slovak society and caused concern among national and international stakeholders.

Tens of thousands of Slovaks have been protesting since the murder of the journalist, who investigated corruption and links between politicians and businessmen. The protesters have been demanding guarantees of an independent investigation of the case.

+ Investigative journalist murdered in Slovakia, February 2018

The country's President Andrej Kiska asked Deputy Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini to form a new government based on the same three-party coalition, allowing them to remain in power. Mr Pellegrini later presented the Head of State with a list of signatures showing a supporting majority in Parliament. The new government was officially appointed on 22 March.

Mr Fico vowed to remain leader of his Smer Party, despite not holding the office as head of government. He had run against Mr Kiska in the 2014 presidential election, and both figures sustained a public distance since then and throughout the crisis following the assassination case.

On 17 April 2018, the chief of the police, Tibor Gaspar, resigned.

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Politico, 28.03.18: Fico retains power behind Slovak throne https://www.politico.eu/article/robert-fico-slovakia-plays-the-jaroslaw-kaczynski-card/
The Slovack Spectator, 16.04.18: Protest filled squares in Bratislava and Humenné https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20804743/protest-filled-squares-in-bratislava-and-humenne.html
Reuters, 15.04.18: Slovak protesters demand more resignations over corruption neglect https://www.reuters.com/article/us-slovakia-politics/slovak-protesters-demand-more-resignations-over-corruption-neglect-idUSKBN1HM0OI
Reuters, 17.04.18: Slovak protests force police chief to quit over journalist's murder https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-slovakia-politics/slovak-protests-force-police-chief-to-quit-over-journalists-murder-idUKKBN1HO20O
Euronews, 18.04.18: Slovakia police chief steps down as protests persist http://www.euronews.com/2018/04/18/slovakia-police-chief-steps-down-as-protests-persist
The Conversation, 29.03.18: Slovakia’s political crisis: the murder that forced a whole government to resign https://theconversation.com/slovakias-political-crisis-the-murder-that-forced-a-whole-government-to-resign-93756
Euro|topics, March 2018: Robert Fico resigns http://www.eurotopics.net/en/196285/robert-fico-resigns
Reuters, 22.03.18: Slovak president appoints Peter Pellegrini as new prime minister https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-slovakia-politics/slovak-president-appoints-peter-pellegrini-as-new-prime-minister-idUKKBN1GY108
Euro|topics, March 2018: Does Slovakia's new government stand a chance? http://www.eurotopics.net/en/196285/does-slovakia-s-new-government-stand-a-chance
The Slovack Spectator, 22.03.18: Kiska appoints Pellegrini cabinet https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786891/kiska-appoints-pellegrini-cabinet.html
European Council: Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Peter Pellegrini on his appointment as Prime Minister of Slovakia http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/22/letter-of-congratulations-from-president-donald-tusk-to-peter-pellegrini-on-his-appointment-as-prime-minister-of-slovakia/
Sputnik International, 15.03.18: Slovak President Appoints Pellegrini New Prime Minister https://sputniknews.com/europe/201803151062567497-pellegrini-signatures-slovak-prime-minister/
Reuters, 15.03.18: Slovak Prime Minister Fico quits, deputy to form new government https://www.reuters.com/article/us-slovakia-crime-politics/slovak-prime-minister-fico-quits-deputy-to-form-new-government-idUSKCN1GR16Z
Politico [Opinion]: 15.03.18: Why Robert Fico had to go https://www.politico.eu/article/robert-fico-jan-kuciak-got-to-go/
EUObserver, 15.03.18: Slovak deputy PM asked to form new government https://euobserver.com/tickers/141340
The Guardian, 14.03.18: Slovakia's PM ready to resign amid journalist murder scandal https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/14/slovakias-pm-ready-to-resign-amid-journalist-scandal
Deutsche Welle, 14.03.18: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico 'ready to resign' http://www.dw.com/en/slovak-prime-minister-robert-fico-ready-to-resign/a-42979882
Deutsche Welle, 15.03.18: Slovakia's deputy premier Peter Pellegrini tapped to lead new government http://www.dw.com/en/slovakias-deputy-premier-peter-pellegrini-tapped-to-lead-new-government/a-42990054
EurActiv, 15.03.18: Slovak PM quits after journalist’s murder but coalition stays in power https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/slovak-pm-quits-after-journalists-murder-but-coalition-stays-in-power/

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